NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 8

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Forty-five games done, and it seems like the battle lines have already been drawn.Lyceum and San Beda have established control of the field, but the rest of the pack are not far behind, with leaders already gearing up for the homestretch of the eliminations come the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, we must first put the spotlight on the first round as last year’s Final Four teams took center stage and rounded out their schedules.Here’s our list of this week’s top performers. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT 5. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs26 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKent Salado could just carry so much for the Arellano.Despite the speedster’s best efforts, he still can’t stop the Chiefs from losing five of their last six games to finish the first round.One thing going Arellano’s way, though, is the week-long break, giving Salado, coach Jerry Codiñera, and the rest of the team to reassess their standing as they seek to make a huge run in the second round.6. Christian Buñag – C, Mapua Cardinals15 points, 21 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen one door closes, another one opens.Luckily for Christian Buñag, the injuries abound the Mapua lineup led to him racking up consistent double-doubles through the course of the first roundUnfortunately, those stats aren’t translating to wins, and Buñag needs more help to validate the numbers he’s pouring for the Cardinals.7. Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother strong showing from Jed Mendoza results to another win for JRU.The first-year playmaker has proven that he’s no one-game wonder, emerging as a solid contributor for Meneses’ rotation after the first round. 1. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHard work pays off, especially for Javee Mocon.Playing second fiddle behind leader Robert Bolick all season long, the versatile forward finally gained his share of the spotlight as he helped San Beda close out the first round on a seven-game winning streak.Mocon may not get the lion’s share of the limelight for the Red Lions, but there’s no doubt that his contributions are largely to blame for his side’s ascent this NCAA season.2. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/AADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Streaking Ginebra outlasts Star in OT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way for Bolick to cap off the first round.Allowing his teammates to step up in the past few games, the swingman finally took the baton and torched the net early in San Beda’s 95-70 thumping of Arellano, getting his baskets in the first half to set the tone for the blowout.The game may have been billed as a Finals rematch, but just like in last year’s championship duel, Bolick remains to be the Chiefs’ bane and made the Red Lions no match for the opposition.3. Aaron Bordon – G, JRU Heavy Bombers17 points (8/14 FG), 4 assistsLast Week: N/AAaron Bordon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Vergel Meneses continues to stumble on surprise contributors for Jose Rizal University, this time, unearthing Aaron Bordon.The transferee from Cavite State University stepped up and tallied a career-best 17 points to provide the offensive boost for the Heavy Bombers in their close 68-59 escape of Mapua.If Bordon sustains his form, it shouldn’t be a surprise that JRU can hold on to its standing and move on once again to the Final Four.4. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAaron BordonSlowly but surely, Donald Tankoua is getting his groove back.Evoking memories of last season’s Finals, the Cameroonian big man churned out his best outing in the first round as San Beda once again got the better of Arellano on Tuesday.The signs are promising, and if Tankoua continues this tear, there’s no doubt that the Red Lions can also sustain this winning run. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If Mendoza continues this stretch in the second round, things may continue looking up for the Heavy Bombers. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

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Falcons become butt of the joke after Super Bowl collapse

first_imgJustin Hardy #16, and Matt Ryan #2 celebrate with Tevin Coleman #26 of the Atlanta Falcons after he scored a touchdown on a 82 yard interception against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. / AFP PHOTO / Timothy A. CLARYFLOWERY BRANCH, Georgia — Hey, did you hear the one about Choking Awareness Day?It’s held on 3-28.ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta coach Dan Quinn has pushed his team to look forward, not backward.He keeps insisting there will be no hangover from the devastating loss.“When we came back, I knew there was going to be questions like, ‘OK, how much more work do we have to do to talk about last year?’” Quinn said. “I got my answer pretty early in training camp when I saw us go for it in the biggest way.”But he understands that plenty of Atlanta fans are a bit sensitive to all the barbs.“I love our fans,” Quinn said. “For them to get (ticked off) about it, that’s cool with me.”That means you, Peyton Manning, who got in on the act at the ESPY Awards.“I believe in the Falcons. I believe in (MVP quarterback) Matt Ryan and Dan Quinn, and I know in my heart the Falcons will be back,” the former NFL great said, setting up his zinger. “I wanted the Falcons to hear that from me now, at the beginning of the show, because they’re going to stop paying attention three-quarters of the way in.”Even two other NFC South rivals, teams the Falcons will face twice this season, couldn’t resist the chance to pile on.On March 28 — yep, 3-28 — the Carolina Panthers tweeted a picture of four players. But only two were tagged: No. 3 (Derek Anderson) and No. 28 (Johnathan Stewart). Clearly, that was no coincidence, which became apparent when the tweet was quietly deleted a few hours later.A couple of months later, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent out a seemingly innocuous tweet pitching their team-logo fidget spinners. When the Falcons’ account chimed in with a GIF of cornerback Desmond Trufant asking if the Bucs were “nervous about something,” the Bucs quickly responded by tweeting a picture of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves (No. 28) celebrating with quarterback Jameis Winston (No. 3). View comments Lots and lots of jokes.Even now, as Atlanta prepares to open the season Sunday with a road game against the Chicago Bears, there’s no sign of the jabs letting up.Just last weekend, when Texas A&M squandered a 34-point lead in the second half and lost 45-44 to UCLA, a Lou Holtz parody account on Twitter claimed the Aggies were unveiling a new logo. Naturally, it was the Falcons’ distinctive emblem.In New Orleans, home of the Falcons’ biggest rival, the Dirty Coast shop on Magazine Street has been offering T-shirts with a scoreboard-like design “28-3, 3rd, 2:12” — when Atlanta was still up by 25. As if that wasn’t enough to bring a smile to Saints’ fans, the store also has been raising money to put up a billboard with the same design outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Falcons’ new stadium.“I don’t pay attention to that,” Atlanta linebacker Deion Jones said with a shrug. “It happened. We can’t go back and change it. So, I mean, you lick your wounds a little bit, then you have to get on with your life.”ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Isaiah Thomas on trade to Cavaliers: ‘It still hurts’ MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter, a former Falcons’ offensive coordinator, wound up apologizing for that little back-and-forth.No need, said Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.This team can take it.“It does nothing for us,” he said Wednesday. “This world is so lost in staying in the past… Yes, we lost that game. They won that game. That’s last year. This is a new year. This team, we have the mindset of next-play mentality.“If you have a bad play, OK, next play. They’re going to make plays. Bad game? Next game.”Ryan, in a way, addressed the issue head-on by taking part in a Gatorade television commercial that featured, among others, Michael Jordan and Serena Williams talking about their biggest disappointments. Titled “The Secret to Victory,” it ends with a recreation of the Falcons quarterback dejectedly leaving the field after the Super Bowl, a voiceover describing his “utter disbelief,” before he stares into the camera and says one word.Defeat.Then it shows Ryan getting back to work, throwing one pass after another on the practice field, ending with the mantra, “Make Defeat Your Fuel.”“It’s about moving forward,” Ryan said. “To me, that’s what made sense. You learn from all these things throughout your life. Different things happen to you along the way. You learn from them and try to use them as motivation.”And the jokes? Is he using those as motivation? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “No,” Ryan shot back, managing a weak smile. “I don’t pay much attention to it.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Of course, that punch line references the score late in the third quarter of last season’s Super Bowl, when it looked as though the Atlanta Falcons would finally win their first championship.Then, as they remember all too painfully in these parts, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 consecutive points to pull off the greatest comeback in the title game’s 51-year history, winning 34-28 in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrady collected his fifth ring.The Falcons became the butt of the joke. 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UAAP volleyball: La Salle back on winning track, hammers UE

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Arum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in Aprilcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Cheng and reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron had 13 points apiece to lead the Lady Spikers while Aduke Ogunsanya added 12.Mary Ann Mendrez led UE with 12 points with Shaya Adorador pitching in 11. La Salle Lady Spikers vs UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter having its winning run snapped, De La Salle vented its frustrations on woeful University of the East, 25-18,25-17, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Spikers lost to National University in five sets last Sunday, but have returned to form to improve to 4-1 while the Lady Warriors are still seeking for their first win in five games.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle had a comfortable 23-17 lead after UE committed two straight errors, but the Lady Warriors were able to trim the lead down to four, 23-19, after a miscue on the Lady Spikers’ side as Arianne Layug hit the net.Desiree Cheng eventually finished things off for the defending champions and scored the Lady Spikers’ two final points, an off-the-block kill and a crosscourt hit that landed on the bottom-right corner of UE’s side of the floor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough La Salle was able to trump UE in just three sets, head coach Ramil De Jesus wanted more from his team.“The result is important but as for the performance, I’m quite dissatisfied because I couldn’t see the aggressiveness on the court,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “When they saw that we had a bid lead and the win was within reach they became quite complacent.” Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Former champion Taylor arrested for biting, threatening woman

first_imgJermain Taylor. AFP FILE PHOTOLos Angeles, United States  — Former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor was arrested by police in Arkansas on Tuesday after allegations of biting and threatening to kill a woman.A statement from Maumelle Police Department said the 38-year-old former undisputed world champion was detained at his home just before 3:00am local time.ADVERTISEMENT Taylor was detained after allegedly biting a woman at the address several times.The woman used pepper spray on Taylor, who chased her from the home and threatened to kill her, police said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTaylor has been charged with misdemeanor battery and the felony offense of first degree terroristic threatening.The latest brush with the law could have serious implications for Taylor, who was given a suspended sentence of 19 years last year following a 2014 shooting at his home that injured a cousin. Taylor, who in 2005 ended Bernard Hopkins’ reign as world middleweight champion, has not fought since winning the IBF middleweight title in a bout against Australia’s Sam Soliman in 2014.He was later stripped of the belt because of his ongoing legal problems.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ginobili set to return to Spurs for 16th season—reports Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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South Australia win despite Sarwan’s fighting knock

first_imgRamnaresh Sarwan’s gallant half-century went in vain as Guyana suffered a 15-run defeat against South Australia in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament here today.Sarwan hit eight boundaries and two sixes in his 46-ball 70 to lead a Guyana fightback after they were set an imposing target of 192 by South Australia at the New Wanderers stadium, here.But the right-hand batsman didn’t get enough support at the other end. Barring Richard Ramdeen (35) and Steven Jacobs (32) and Lennox Cush (12), none of the other batsmen were able to reach double figures as Guyana succumbed to their fourth defeat.Earlier, Callum Ferguson smashed a 37-ball 55 and Cameron Borgas blasted a 36-ball 48 to power South Australia to a challenging 191 after being put into bat.For South Australia, Daniel Harris scalped three for 33 to lead the pack of wicket-takers. Daniel Christian took two wickets, while Jake Haberfield and Aaron O’Brien chipped in with one each.Chasing 192 to win, Guyana lost its first wicket in the second over when Travis Dowlin was trapped plumb in front of by Jake Haberfield.Opener Richard Ramdeen and Ramnaresh Sarwan then added 42 runs for the second wicket before the former was sent packing by Christian in the last ball of the seventh over as Guyana slumped to 51 for two.Sarwan then lead the fight back and forged a 56-run partnership with Steven Jacobs (32) but the latter couldn’t stay longer and was dismissed by O’Brien. He was caught by Tom Cooper at short third man.Christopher Barnwell (1) was also dismissed cheaply but Sarwan ensured that Guyana stayed in the hunt as he added another 22 runs in 13 balls with Jonathan Foo (5) and 20 with Derwin Christain (3) before holing out to Cooper in the 18th over.advertisementCush and Fudadin (7) tried their bit but it was too little too late in the end as there was no end to Guyana’s miseries.Earlier, Ferguson, who hit three fours and a six, shared a 88-run fourth wicket partnership with Borgas after they were reduced to 41 for three in 5.3 overs at one point.For Guyana, Paul Wintz and Devendra Bishoo took two wickets each giving away 11 and 29 runs respectively, while Christopher Barnwell and Assad Fudadin accounted for one wicket each.Michael Klinger (16) and Daniel Harris (5) gave South Australia a good start with the former hitting a couple of fours off Barnwell.Harris also blasted Wintz for a boundary in the next over but the bowler had the last laugh as he induced an inside edge which crashed onto his stumps.However, Barnwell continued to be in the firing line as newman Graham Manou played a perfect cover drive to pick up his first boundary, while Klinger sent him across the boundary in the fifth over.But Klinger was sent packing one ball later with Fudadin taking a nice running catch at midwicket.Manou then picked up successive fours off Barnwell, before being cleaned up by Wintz in the next over as South Australia slipped to 41 for three in 5.3 overs.Ferguson and Borgas then joined hands and straight away got into the act, picking up a four each off Bishoo and Lennox Cush respectively.With the bowlers bowling in tandem, boundaries dried up as the duo indulged in singles and twos to keep the scoreboard ticking.After four overs where not much was scored, Borgas picked up a boundary to bring up their 50-run stand in the 13th over, before Ferguson blasted a six and a four off Steven Jacobs to step up the gas.Borgas then pulled Cush for a six over mid-wicket and then picked up a boundary off Fudadin, before being outwitted by the bowler, who bowled a faster delivery to rock his woods.The 17th over yielded 22 runs with Ferguson going ballistic, hitting two fours and a six in the last three deliveries and newman Daniel Christian hitting a six in the first ball.Ferguson finally dismissed in the 19th over, when his slog sweep landed in Jacobs’ lap at deep square leg.Christian also holed out at deep mid-wicket but Aaron O’Brien and Tom Cooper dealt some lusty blows to swell the total.last_img read more

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first_imgDifferent strokesThe idea for her latest book, Children of a Better God, a story about children living with celebral palsy, first came to Sushmita Bagchi 19 years ago when she had been invited to the Spastics Society of Karnataka for an event. Many years later, she volunteered at the society,Different strokesThe idea for her latest book, Children of a Better God, a story about children living with celebral palsy, first came to Sushmita Bagchi 19 years ago when she had been invited to the Spastics Society of Karnataka for an event. Many years later, she volunteered at the society where she had a glimpse into their lives. “I realised that these children are like any other, the same innocence, playfulness, mischief and very similar hopes, aspirations and uncertainties,” she says. The book follows Anupurba, an art teacher in the United States, who has to reluctantly move back to India when her husband is transferred. Out of boredom, she chooses to volunteer at a school for children suffering from the disability and embarks on a journey to understand their tribulations and the courage they face them with. A celebrated Oriya author and winner of the state Sahitya Akademi Award, Bagchi wrote the original, Deba Shishu, in Oriya that has now been translated into English by Bikram K. Das.What’s going up Windows phone 7: The Windows Phone 7 is packed with cool features that will make you stand out in the crowd.Marc Jacobs: Fluid drapery and luxe fabrics by Marc Jacobs are the in-thing this season.What’s going down Miley cyrus: From sporting grungy clothes to ratty hair, the erstwhile Disney starlet is on a train to crazyville.Courtney Cox and David Arquette: After 11 years together, the stars are headed towards a split.Fashion rewindBefore they made their debut all across the world, some of fashion’s most stable trends had a bizarre history behind their popularity.Hats on: Audrey Hepburn made them popular in the classic Breakfast at Tiffanys, but it was Queen Elizabeth I who sealed their permanent status in history by creating a law in 1571 that made it compulsory for anyone over the age of seven to wear a hat on Sundays and holidays or else pay a fine, creating a tradition for generations to follow.Shoe fetish: When former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her husband were exiled in 1976, she had to say goodbye to 2,700 pairs of pumps, stilettos and sling backs. That’s 5,400 in all. And you thought Carrie Bradshaw had it all.Stringing it: The G-string came into being in New York city, at the dawn of World War II. In 1939, when mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered the city’s exotic dancers to be a little more covered up in honour of the World’s Fair, voila, the thong was born. This was also the time when the unfortunate fish-cut came into existence.-Gunjeet Sra and Sumaiya KhanIf you have 5 minutes: Listen to Secrets by the Colorado based OneRepublic, an experimental song that defies genres.Punjabi by natureAnita Lerche embodies the encounter of the east with the west. The Danish singer has been creating waves with her Punjabi songs and is now ready to sing Hindi numbers too. An alumnus of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London, Lerche, 36, first began singing in Indian languages on holiday in Manali where she picked up local songs seven years ago. She then headed to Punjab and recorded her first album, Heer From Denmark. Due to go back home in six months, she cancelled her ticket and there was no looking back. She has performed in the UK, Denmark and the US and jams with south Asian artists, the latest of which was a concert to raise funds for flood victims in Pakistan. “I think it’s interesting how people from different cultures can inspire each other through music. The borders dissolve and you can reach out,” she says. After a hiatus, she is now back in India and plans to head to Bollywood.5 Reasons we love winterBonfires: It’s time to get cosy with friends and family.The sun: You can soak up the sun and get a gorgeous tan.Sunday brunches: Eat to your heart’s content and forget the flab.Winter drinks: Nothing feels warmer than a cup of coffee or soup.Winter wardrobe: Flaunt those coats, jackets and scarves. get colourful.The right moveIt’s not always easy to move, but when you find your dream house, don’t make the mistake of jumping at the offer of ridiculously low rents or the great views, especially if you are single. Here is an easy checklist that will get you through the moving snafus and help you seal the right deal.Know thy neighbour: Make sure that you check out the people living around you before moving to a new house. Not only will it give you an idea about the kind of place it is, but it will also give you a peek into the lifestyle you will be expected to lead. For instance, if your neighbours are middleaged parents or retired people, remember that you will be expected to keep it quiet and will have to say goodbye to racy parties. Living nextdoor to a group of boys, if you are on your own, is not a good idea either.Know the history: Before you fall for the dream packages your property dealer has to offer, call the person vacating the house to do a background check on its history. The first thing to do is to ask about their reason for moving and the landlord’s habits. If it involves excessive landlord troubles, it’s a good idea to opt out of the deal.Do your research: The final thing to do is a security check and see the locality you are moving into. Check the nearest police station and the hospital. If you do not have a car, check out nearby taxi stands and neighbourhood safety. Do a random recce one evening to see the kind of people who hang around your locality. While you are at it, befriend other single women. You might need their help when least expected-Gunjeet Sra and Sumaiya KhanIf you have an hour: Read Two Virgins by Kamala Markandaya, a captivating tale of two sisters with different dreams living in a small village.Dance with meEvery girl dreams of becoming a dancer at least once in her life, but not most of us are as lucky as Anusha Lall, 36, Director, Gati Dance Forum, or have the talent to do so. Gati, which began in 2007 as a small group of dancers, has grown into a forum that provides infrastructure for trained dancers, to explore new forms of expression through their body. Lall, who is currently working on the IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance, scheduled for this month in Delhi, is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. But that doesn’t stop her from exploring newer forms. Not one to undermine the seriousness of either classical or contemporary dance style, Lall says, “Contemporary forms are part of the evolution. It does not necessarily mean the older forms will die out. Classical forms are like the alphabet, on the basis of which one can create new languages of dance.” As part of the process of learning and exploring, Gati now holds a summer residency programme apart from regular workshopsin the capital. How she fits in so much in her life is simple, “Dancing is my passion. And we at Gati really feel that dancers should get their space,” says Lall.Go catch it Delhi: The India International Trade Fair, November 14-27, Pragati Maidan. It’s a mad rush but it’s worth a visit. After all, where will you get the world’s finest at one stop.Mumbai: The Connoisseur-Chocolate Tasting & Appreciation Course, November 14, at Bandra Kurla Complex. This is where you should be if you have a sweet craving or simply can’t just get enough of chocolate.Bangalore: Furniture Fair, November 11-14. Revamp your house this festive season by indulging in some exciting furniture being showcased here.Chennai: EON (everything organic and natural) Exhibition, November 26-28. From natural cosmetics to wellness products, this is the place for advocates of mother nature.Husband’s day inDo you often find yourself complaining about your husband not being involved with the family? Some tips to make life easier. Don’t define any roles: Make sure you don’t make your husband feel like he’s helping you out. It should be about sharing responsibility.Spend time: Becoming parents need not necessarily mean you can’t have your exclusive time together. Parenting shouldn’t kill the romance. This way, the husband won’t feel bogged down by responsibility and will understand the importance of spending quality time together.Parenting: Give your husband alone time with the children. Let him take them out for grocery shopping or just ice cream.Talk it out: This is the best way to deal with issues. Tell him about your concerns and work a way out.-Kruttika KalluryIf you have 20 minutes: Log onto www.gkhamba.com to read social satire, on everything from the CWG to A-Roy, that will have you gurgling with laughter.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Aamir Khan was apprehensive of wife Kiran planning a film

first_imgAamir KhanClick here to EnlargeActor-filmmaker Aamir Khan says he was the most apprehensive when his wife Kiran Rao told him that she was working on a film script.Aamir feared that if the script did not work for him then things would get most uncomfortable between them.”Every time she mentioned she was working on it I prayed that she would not complete it, and in time would abandon it,” Aamir said while speaking about ‘Dhobi Ghat’, his latest home production directed by wife Kiran.Aamir recalled that when Kiran finally came to him with a spiral-bound file, he felt he needed numbers of his side to back him when he gave it a thumbs-down.”We decided to travel to Coonoor where my cousin and filmmaker Mansoor lives. I told Kiran that Mansoor and myself will hear the script narration together,” Aamir said, adding that he had often used Mansoor as a shield.However, Aamir says as he sat down to hear the script with Mansoor and his wife Tina, he was falling in love with the characters, loved the dialogue and voice of each person, was struck by the fine, silken threads that made the narrative and was moved to tears by the end.”From the first scene itself, the script just sucked me in,” he recalled adding that he had fallen in love with Kiran, once again.Aamir said his wife was an absolute delight to work with as a producer and an actor.”I feel most safe in her hands. She has clarity, sensitivity and an ability to bring the best out of her team, which makes her a leader I am happy to follow,” the actor said.Aamir said he has an eye for superior talent. “When I see it, I am happy as it is inspiring. When I see that talent in my life partner, it makes me feel very proud and secure,” he said.advertisementAccording to the actor, Kiran’s choice of cast and crew has been most invigorating for someone like him who has been working in movies for over two decades. “As a producer, it is very rare to work with a team… all of whom are so talented, passionate, committed and with the right attitude towards cinema,” he added.Aamir plays a painter named Arun in the film and sports a different hair-do with a shade of grey over the forehead.last_img read more

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Gambhir may miss second Test

first_imgIndian opener Gautam Gambhir on Saturday injured his left hand while practicing at the nets in Durban, reports said.The Indian physiotherapist diagnosed Gambhir on the ground.It is too early to predict if the injury is serious, reports added.last_img

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Ajay Maken should learn from Gill’s mistakes

first_img(From left to right) Former sports minister MS Gill, wrestler Sushil Kumar, coach Satpal.Just A few days before the Union Cabinet reshuffle, the Press Information Bureau came out with an interesting release on how the sports ministry had sanctioned cash awards of Rs 22.57 crore to 286 sportspersons who brought laurels to the country in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.What was most interesting in this was how the sports ministry actually gave details of what each player was going to get and what would be the cheque number!While I am happy that Gagan Narang, Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and the other athletes got their dues and can now use it in the best possible way, it was a bit funny why the ministry had to put out details of the cheques!Mind you, this release was sent when MS Gill was the sports minister. As one who has believed in ‘transparency’ all along in his functioning, he had ruffled more than a few feathers. But I must admit the first thought which came to my mind when this press release was sent is why Gill was timing the release of this money just before the Cabinet reshuffle.There are various versions doing the rounds now as to how Gill was shunted out from the sports ministry. The two big theories being floating about what led to his ouster are his decision to take on the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and flexing muscles with the Indian Olympic Association, leading to a confrontation with the International Olympic Committee.advertisementI am baffled why such theories have to be floated. We all know that games in India are played not just by professional and amateur athletes in outdoor and indoor sporting arenas but in politics as well.Gill himself did not expect he would be moved out from the sports ministry but the reality is that in his two innings, he did a lot of good. The tenure and age limits for office-bearers of national sports federations had officials shivering and shuddering. But the way he came out with this rule lacked diplomacy.Today, if the International Olympic Committee is saying the Indian authorities must change their attitude and stop interfering in the autonomy of national sports federations, they are dead serious. This is the message Gill never read despite the IOC having warned them well in advance in writing. The same had been reported by MAIL TODAY in December.Cash awards for the CWG and the Asian Games medallists are very good. But this should not have been made out as if athletes who bring us glory are clamouring for the riches.Then again, as far as the dope laboratory in New Delhi is concerned, Gill did well to ensure it got accreditation from the World Anti-Doping Agency. Efforts to ensure national sports federations registered themselves with the sports ministry was also a good effort.But where Gill erred was in his approach. Everyone knows in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games, he did not do a good job. Gill should know his confrontation with the Organising Committee and others involved did a lot of damage.Who can forget that he went about inaugurating CWG venues when they were clearly not ready? Then again, Gill’s gaffes were well chronicled as well. From saying Formula One is hardly a sport to pushing away champion weightlifter Sushil Kumar’s guru Satpal in full view of the media were not forgotten.What was also not forgotten was how he did not even know that Pullela Gopi Chand was Saina Nehwal’s coach.So if Gill is still wondering why he was removed from the sports ministry, it was a culmination of many factors and not just because he took on BCCI and the IOC.And even today, as the CWG mess haunts every Indian, how can Gill believe he had no role to play in it?As they say, it’s time to move on and the new man in the seat, Ajay Maken, seems ready for the challenges ahead. At 47, Maken is a young and dynamic minister who has kept track of Indian sport and the issues related to it. Maken’s media interactions seem very balanced till now and he is not talking of miracles in which India will win a dozen medals at the 2012 London Olympics.Then again, as a seasoned politician, Maken’s diplomacy is well known.When he deals with the grand old men who run all kinds of national sports federations, he has to be discerning and differentiate between fact and fiction.advertisementWhere Maken needs to be fast and prompt in taking action is in the issue of hiring foreign coaches and ensuring sport in India is promoted at the grassroot level.Even as Hockey India is conducting interviews for the coaches’ posts for the men’s and women’s teams, we cannot fool ourselves that Indian sport doesn’t need foreign coaches. From athletics to boxing, shooting to gymnastics, we need foreign coaches. We also need them in many other disciplines, even though they demand a lot of money.In professional sport, no good foreign coach comes cheap. I am sure our new sports minister will address all these issues and will also ensure we come down hard on dope cheats in Indian sport. Gill used to talk of “winning clean medals” at the CWG. That’s a philosophy which should never change.last_img read more

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